What is Organic Farming?
Organic farming promotes the sustainable health and productivity of the ecosystem – soil, plants, animals and people. Organic foods are farmed in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way, focusing on soil regeneration, water conservation and animal welfare.
Most people think of organic farming in terms of what is NOT allowed:
- Produce and grains are grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers or GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- Animals are never fed the by-products of other animals, and are not kept constantly caged indoors, without access to fresh air, or opportunities to socialize with other animals
- Processed organic foods do not contain chemical preservatives or synthetic additives like colourings and waxes
There is nothing ‘trendy’ or new about organic farming: it is the way we produced our food for thousands of years, until the very recent arrival of synthetic fertilizers and agri-chemicals in the last century.
During World War II, in fact, two chemicals used in warfare – DDT and ammonium nitrate – were found to have agricultural uses, and became widely used as sources of cheap pesticides and fertilizer, respectively.
At that time, farms became increasingly dependent on hybrid plants, mono-culture crops, large-scale irrigation, and heavy mechanization.
Keep reading – Source: COABC
Import of Organic products
Imported products must meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Should imported products bear the Canada Organic logo, the statement “Product of”, immediately preceding the name of the country of origin, or the statement “Imported from”, must appear in close proximity to the logo or the designations. Source: www.inspection.gc.ca
Further Reading on Organic Certification
The International Federation of Organic Agricultures Movements (IFOAM) is a resource that will probably answer many of your questions
Read their 2015 consolidated annual report
The Organic Consumers Association has great info about the importance of Organics, the fight against GMOs, you can visit:
Think Canada Organic is another reliable source of information:
Interested in Certified Organic farming? Check out the the COABC’s website.
And click here for a beginner level consumer friendly intro to Organics.